Wednesday, 10 March 2010
FILM REVIEW: REMEMBER ME
Ironically, given the film's title, the most memorable thing about Remember Me was the mishap at the media screening I attended. The audio wasn't working for the first 10 or so minutes, so we had to wait for the problem to be fixed and when it was, had to watch the movie from the beginning again.
On a more positive note, and good news for fans of Robert Pattinson, the Brit actor who shot to super stardom and heart throb status thanks to his role in the Twilight series of films, he can act. He certainly gets to display a far greater emotional range than he does as Edward Cullen, albeit somewhat channelling James Dean.
You could say Pattinson's Tyler is a rebel without a cause, acting out against a world in which his older brother has committed suicide and his businessman father (Pierce Brosnan) is distant at best. Then Tyler meets Allie (Emilie de Ravin) who has the reverse problem: a policeman father (Chris Cooper) who has been over-protective since Allie witnessed the murder of her mother ten years earlier.
Allen Coulter's film, penned by Will Fetters, could be seen as either the story of two lost souls finding each other, or the sins of the fathers given the strained relations between the young lovers and their male parentals. But the film's ending – without giving it away, the story unfolds in New York in the summer-autumn of 2001 – suggests that, despite all the troubles with the people in your life, always let them know how you feel for life is short.
That same ending, however, aims to give the film more weight and significance than it deserves. For the most part, Remember Me is a film about an angry young man dealing with grief and finding love and as such, it is a minor success, and not entirely forgettable.